Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The Healing Powers of Group Therapy.


Every year for the last 4? ....or is it 5?......years me and a group of girl friends go on a long weekend trip to.....somewhere away from home.

We went to New York the first year....in FEBRUARY! NOT smart. We had blizzard conditions, I had the flu, and although we made the most of it and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves....we decided that enduring New York in the middle of winter really wasn't one of our more brilliant ideas. So we've been going to Florida in April ever since. Ahhhhh....now THAT'S more like it!

These trips are cathartic. Healing. Relaxing. In just 5 days/4 nights we all metamorph from ragged run down mothers and wives into individuals with a side of "hot babe"....at least in our minds. We all put on our bikinis....avoid the mirrors....and pretend we're hot babes with out an ounce of cellulite nor a sign of stretch marks.
We're delusional.
And we're ok with that.
We spend the days relaxing on the beach in the ocean, sand, and sunshine...... and pretending to be hot beach babes.....

.....and then spend the evenings in our group therapy sessions. And for those of you who are dollar conscious....the cost of a 4 hour session is merely the cost of a fifth of vodka...and a bottle of cranberry juice...and maybe a little pineapple juice to splash in there.....for a little tropical flare.....Cheap! Where else can you find that kind of healing at that kind of price? Seriously?

So, during this past year's trip you can only imagine our delight when at the tail end of a shopping excursion we saw this hanging in the display window......

Our squeals of excitement attracted every canine within a 1/2 mile radius. They were perfect. They were sparkly. They had one for each of us. We turned from "hot babe" to "screamingclappingjumpingupanddown school girls" instantly.

And so our trip motto was born.

"Group Therapy"

Perfect.

Last year...2007.... every one of us on the trip was also running and training together for the Detroit Marathon. There were 6 of us.

This year, however, T and I were the only two on our trip from our original running group dumb brave enough to not learn our lesson the first time around to repeat the grueling process of marathon training. Traci recruited a few more suckers participants....her 2 BILs and her old babysitterturnedfriend..... and so we are now up to 5 in our group of marathon buddies. So when T and I saw those shirts our wheels started turning. We decided then and there that this would also be our running motto....well....for us girls anyway.....cuz what guy is gonna want to run in a sparkly shirt....

And that brings me to the point of this post. Yesterday T, B, and I all gathered at my house after lunch to decorate our matching marathon shirts. We leave on Friday for Chicago and the marathon is a mere 5 days away. It was time. We bought matching shirts in a bright lemony greeny limey sorta color. We bought sparkly gems and iron on letters. I, of course, didn't think to take pictures of us in the process of making our master pieces...

But here's mine......the finished product.....

Front....

Back...


Can I just say.....

We may be crossing that finish line with a limp....

But we'll be limping in style......

Cuz these shirts are HAWT!

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13 comments:

Kelly said...

Cute I'm glad I have my drinking Group Therapy shirt you guys got me! This marathon one is adorable...do I want one....not so much...not this time anyway!!!! You guys are awesome! Let us know your numbers so we can keep track online and cheer you on from here!

Kate @ Life As I Live It said...

Oh my gosh, I didn't realize the marathon was IMMINENT! I'm so excited for you! Can't wait to hear how things go. I'm sure you're gonna do awesome.

LOVE the shirts, btw.

And yes, if there's a way we can track you online, please share!

Heart of Wisdom said...

That turned out really nice!
Good Job!
Thanks for sharing!

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Kristin H. said...

Go get 'em tiger! You will do great :)

seriouslyelisabeth said...

Those shirts are great.

Domestic Accident said...

That is so perfect. How awesome to have such a support group.I can't wait to hear about Chicago!

Leslie said...

LOVE the shirt! Cheering you on from here! ;)

Brooke said...

Love it! those are fantastic! Good luck on the marathon! I wish I could go on your group therapy with you! Then I could take pictures ;)

Colleen said...

HELLA COOL!

That is so cute!

And when is the marathon? When will you be in Chicago? I'm due to be down there on Thurs/Fri of next week!

Mama Zen said...

That turned out gorgeous!

I can't believe it's time for the marathon!

Dana said...

cute shirts!!!

April said...

I love this! good luck - and please follow running with drinking as soon as possible.

jodieboedie said...

How awesome! And wow for you for doing the marathon . . . something I would NEVER do. I run only when chased . . . by scary things, like mountain lions or men with masks and chainsaws.

Great shirts! My group therapy weekend is less than 3 weeks away and I. Can't. Wait.!

Good luck in the marathon!

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